Today, older adults (those 65 and over) are the core patient population of health care, making up:

  • 48% of hospital patients
  • 80% of home care patients
  • 90% of nursing home residents

With the population 65 and over expected to increase from 13% now to 20% by 2030, older adults will continue to be the largest consumers of health care services.

Listed in our careers section are the many health care settings in which geriatric nursing expertise is needed and the many ways to enhance your knowledge in geriatrics that will advance your career opportunities. In this section you will find information on the following:

Career Opportunities in Geriatric Nursing by Healthcare Setting:

  • Ambulatory care
  • Administration, leadership and public policy
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes
  • Nursing research
  • Schools of nursing

Becoming A Geriatric Nurse:

  • Programs for the Practicing Nurse
  • Preparation for Advance Practice in Gerontological Nursing
    • Geriatric Nurse Practitioner (GNP)
    • Geriatric Clinical Nurses Specialist (CNS)
  • Doctoral and Post Doctoral Preparation for Geriatric Nursing Research
    • Doctoral preparation in geriatric nursing
    • Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity
    • Centers for Geriatric Excellence
    • Post-doctoral study in geriatric nursing